July 19th, 2009
Went Salmon fishing…. and caught Tuna??
The day started with the decision to abandon a run to the Tuna grounds because of rough water and high winds, and instead concentrate on catching a few Salmon in-shore. The North winds have been blowing down our way through the week, bringing some very cold water with it. With our intrepid crew, we headed out to find some 52 degree water, and began moving farther and farther West in our search. We dropped the gear a couple of times without success, but the siren call of the Tuna began calling us. We were resisting quite well, until we reasoned that…. “gosh we are already almost 1/2 way out to Tuna water… and the water is not THAT bad!”. We quickly pulled the Salmon gear, stowed it away, deployed the Tuna rods, and off we went! Rough water made for a slow ride out to about 40 miles off-shore, where we stopped for a trial troll. Bang… FISH ON! High winds managed to tangle all of our gear together…. but Tuna in the boat! We moved a couple of times until we found a pocket of hungry fat Tuna, and stayed just long enough to put 6 of them in the fish box in short order. The wind was increasing throughout the morning, with the Coastguard closing the bars in Depoe Bay, Newport and Tillamook to small boats due to deteriorating conditions, so back we headed to port with a bumpy and wet ride back, where we also saw porpoises and a LARGE whale.
Our special thanks to Lisa, Matt, Caleb and Josh, for sharing another beautiful day on the ocean with us!